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Marriage of British twins and the teachings of the Quran

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A British married couple discovered that they were twins separated at birth and adopted into different families. The story was carried by the independent newspaper and has gripped the nation.

The High Court declared the marriage annulled and legally invalid.

This story led me to reflect on the eternal wisdom contained in the Quran, the words of God revealed to humanity…. Allah says in the Quran:

[Quran 33:4] Allah hath not assigned unto any man two hearts within his body, nor hath He made your wives whom ye declare (to be your mothers) your mothers, nor hath He made those whom ye claim (to be your sons) your sons. This is but a saying of your mouths. But Allah saith the truth and He showeth the way.

[33:5] Proclaim their real parentage. That will be more equitable in the sight of Allah. And if ye know not their fathers, then (they are) your brethren in the faith, and your clients. And there is no sin for you in the mistakes that ye make unintentionally, but what your hearts purpose (that will be a sin for you). Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful.

The two verses have set out the rules of adoption for Muslims for centuries: You are encouraged to bring up orphans/ vulnerable children. You can give them a home, love, food, and protection but you can never call them your own or change their identity.

Now, this topic is outside the scope of my blog, but I thought a post on the subject can also be considered a contribution to practical inter-faith dialogue, and maybe lawmakers in Britain will consider the benefits of the teachings of Islam on adoption.

Written by Rasheed Gadir

January 13, 2008 at 11:58 am

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